This year, Padma awards included many unsung heroes of Jharkhand. These are the ones who served the poor, worked for the environment protection and popularized tribal arts globally.
Meet the 84-year old medical practitioner of Ranchi, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, popularly known as “the Poor Man’s Doctor”, who does not have time to rest and goes on serving patients by charging them a fee of only Rs 5. Sometimes, he even serves them free of cost.
Dr. Mukherjee’s name is included in the list of 94 Padma Shri awardees announced on Friday.
This doctor, who has completed his MBBS, from Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in 1957 and has retired from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, sincerely follows the Hippocratic Oath taken at the time of becoming a doctor and understands the various forms of suffering. As he too had suffered when he lost his wife, untimely.
Dr. Mukherjee runs a clinic at a posh location of Lalpur Chowk of state capital, but offers a selfless service to the poor in the society for the past 50 years.
In a country where millions suffer without proper treatment due to their inability to pay the exorbitant medical expenses, this benign doctor is doing a yeoman service to mankind.
And he is happy, indeed proud that the Government has recognized his contribution to the society and has selected him for such a prestigious award.
Works for 8 hours a day and leads a simple life
He works for 8 hours a day. He leads a very simple life by answering door bells and phone calls, himself. No matter how much he earns, he thinks that, money will not be able to give him the satisfaction that he is getting by treating his poor patients for free.
Understands that, the Dynamics of Medical Treatment has changed with Time
Dr. Mukherjee, runs a pathological lab and conducts all the tests himself, manually. Agreeing with the fact that; the dynamics of treatment and pathological tests has changed these days and he stands nowhere in the rat race. He laughs at the fact that, patients coming to his lab have reduced with time.
Speaking on present-day Healthcare System
Speaking on the present-day Healthcare System, Dr. Mukherjee is of the opinion that, there is crisis of character these days, not only in the medical profession, but in every stream and aspect of life. One should know where to draw a line and how much is enough. Therefore, however difficult it might be, he never turns any patient away and treats them to their much needed request, requirement and attention.
Message to his medical colleagues His message to his medical colleagues, “Treat at least one patient a day for free, their blessings will be earning.”